Jan Porcellis

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Porcellis, Jan


Born circa 1584, in Ghent; died Jan. 29, 1632, in Zuterwaude, in South Holland. Dutch marine painter.

Porcellis worked in Antwerp, Haarlem, Amsterdam, and Zuterwaude. Overcoming the fragmentary composition and variegated colors of early Dutch marine landscape painting, Porcellis sought to achieve a convincing rendering of the ambience of air and light. His marine paintings are marked by a narrow range of colors, made up for the most part of shades of gray (Shipwreck, 1631, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich).

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The seascapes by Jan Porcellis and Willem van de Velde the Younger contrast the still waters of the canals with the turbulence of the North Sea.
The small collection of Dutch landscapes includes a frantic, lashing sea-storm by Jan Porcellis, who specialised in that subject.
(21) The surviving evidence, including that gathered in conservation studios, tends to support Samuel van Hoogstraten's celebrated description of the artist's technique as demonstrated during a supposed one-day competition with Jan Porcellis and Francois Knibbergen.